Giga Kick ‘ticking all the boxes’

Giga Kick
2022 Everest champion, Giga Kick (Photo by George Sal/Racing Photos)

Giga Kick, the prized runner from Clayton Douglas’s stable, has returned to its Mornington base, but the trainer is taking a patient approach to his return to the track, despite being back in training for almost a month.

The son of Scissor Kick last competed in the Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley last September, finishing third to Imperatriz before sustaining a hip injury that sidelined him for both the spring carnival last year and this autumn.

“It was a very unique injury, but I’m glad we found it,” Douglas shared.

“Hopefully he’s fine under full stress, but we won’t know until we try him. He’s been back at my place for nearly a month now.

“He’s been on the treadmill and the water walker, just doing a bit of conditioning work.

“We’ve missed the boat with the TJ Smith and all the autumn stuff, and whether we go to Brisbane, I don’t feel we will.

“He’ll have a few trials and we’ll get him to a certain stage and the spring will be our focus, but how I get there, I haven’t worked out what he does.

“I’m not going to worry about the last 12 months, I’ll just look forward with him.

“At the moment he’s ticking all the boxes, so hopefully he keeps going that way.”

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